Main Distribution Area & Horizontal Distribution Area (MDA/HDA)

The MDA houses the main cross-connect and the core routers and switches for the corporate LAN. The HDA houses cross-connects and active equipment (LAN, SAN, KVM switches) for connecting to the EDA(s)


Past trends and the outlook for the future suggest that data rates double every 18 months. The technology landscape is shifting. With the rise of cloud computing, there has been a renewed focus on what is happening in the datacenter.
Data Centers should be able to use existing know-how and expertise to run currently required bandwidth so as to be able to concentrate on energy saving, reliability and efficiency.

Belden offers the most advanced unshielded structured cabling systems in the marketplace delivering the following benefits:

Bonded-Pair Technology

  • Improve system uptime
  • Reduce service and maintenance costs
  • Support future growth plans: with beyond 10Gb/s Performance
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Maximize performance: guaranteed throughput of 625MHz

Controlled Performance using the four “X” enabling Technologies: RoundFleX, MatriX IDC, X-Bar and FleXPoint

  • Reduce installation costs
  • Improve performance stability
  • Protect investment: sufficient bandwidth for increasing bandwidth applications

High Density Angled Patch Panel

  • Save space
  • Save energy: up to 27% in cooling and power savings

Warranty and a Lifetime Application Assurance program
Each 10GX solution installed by Certified System Vendor (CSV) is supported by a 25-year Product

  • Protect your technology investment


Be certain, Belden IBDN unshielded copper products deliver the bandwidth you need. Copper data cabling systems can support the required high frequencies, are physically robust and require simple connectivity. While the cost of fiber has been coming down recently, it is still expensive to implement and requires specialized system design, installation and maintenance, when compared to the traditional copper and RJ45 infrastructure.


Belden now offers both copper technologies (unshielded and shielded). Shielded structured cabling systems are for higher alien crosstalk performance and noise immunity. These technologies deliver the following benefits:

Shielded Pair Technology

  • Save cost: through reduced installation time. Cables can be installed close to electrical cabling. The shield protects the inner electronic circuits against any kind of interference - no detectable Alien-NEXT.
  • Improve system uptime: eliminate impact of EMC on data flow
  • Support future growth plans: beyond 10Gb/s Performance
  • Maximize performance: guaranteed throughput of 625MHz
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Built-in reliability: with ultra-robust design to provide Installable Performance™
  • Reduce installation costs
  • Increase performance stability
  • Enhance durability: Belden’s 10GX Shielded Cabling Solution is ergonomically sound and features high quality fully metal robust modular jacks
  • Reduce total cost of ownership: meet the most demanding performance objectives
  • Protect your technology investment


Be certain, Belden IBDN shielded copper products delivers 10GBase-T bandwidth. The proven concept of structured copper cabling delivers a perfect base to step up to the next generation, applying well known techniques in component installation. Effective installation of all electrical cabling together with shielded data cables is no longer an issue.

Belden developed the FiberExpress Solution to assure the smooth operation of your network and to provide for efficient network management — while continually reducing your total cost of ownership and preparing your system for the future:

Improve system uptime

  • Increase operational lifespan: FiberExpress Optical Fiber Cables are designed to offer excellent cable protection during expansion
  • Prepare for the future: no other media can provide more bandwidth
  • Save energy costs: reduced power needed to operate compared with server and switch electronics used for copper infrastructure
  • Save time and labor: FiberExpress Connectivity Products allow quick and easy installation
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Increase networking stability: plug and play functionality


Be certain, Belden IBDN FiberExpress fiber products deliver recent bandwidths of 10Gb/s and are future proofed for the next Ethernet generation standards for 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s. The FiberExpress connectivity product range with its plug and play components provide the ultimate in durability and reliability.


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